Synonyms for severe
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That is severe which is devoid of all softness, mildness, tenderness, indulgence or levity, or (in literature and art) devoid of unnecessary ornament, amplification, or embellishment of any kind; as, a severe style; as said of anything painful, severe signifies such as heavily taxes endurance or resisting power; as, a severe pain, fever, or winter. Rigid signifies primarily stiff, resisting any effort to change its shape; a corpse is said to be rigid in death; hence, in metaphorical sense, a rigid person or character is one that resists all efforts to change the will or course of conduct; a rigid rule or statement is one that admits of no deviation. Rigorous is nearly akin to rigid, but is a stronger word, having reference to action or active qualities, as rigid does to state or character; a rigid rule may be rigorously enforced. Strict (Latin stringo, bind) signifies bound or stretched tight, tense, strenuously exact. Stern unites harshness and authority with strictness or severity; stern, as said even of inanimate objects, suggests something authoritative or forbidding. Austere signifies severely simple or temperate, strict in self-restraint or discipline, and similarly unrelenting toward others. We speak of austere morality, rigid rules, rigorous discipline, stern commands, severe punishment, harsh speech or a harsh voice, hard requirements, strict injunctions, and strict obedience. Strict discipline holds one exactly and unflinchingly to the rule; rigorous discipline punishes severely any infraction of it. The austere character is seldom lovely, but it is always strong and may be grand, commanding, and estimable.
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serious, austere, stern, grave, strict, harsh, rigid, rigorous, sharp, afflictive, distressing, violent, extreme, exact, critical, censorious, caustic, sarcastic, cutting, keen, bitter, cruel
gay, smiling, cheerful, relaxed, jocose, jocund, joyous, mild, genial, indulgent, light, trivial, tri-fling, inconsiderable, inexact, loose, uncritical, lenient, inextreme, moderate, kind, considerate, feeling, tender, gentle
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severe, terrible, wickedadjective
intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality
"severe pain"; "a severe case of flu"; "a terrible cough"; "under wicked fire from the enemy's guns"; "a wicked cough"
life-threatening, dreadful, distasteful, revolting, pixilated, repellant, foul, implike, repellent, mischievous, arch, austere, serious, awful, puckish, frightful, horrendous, sinful, tremendous, disgustful, dire, loathly, stern, grievous, skanky, repelling, atrocious, painful, prankish, impish, grave, dangerous, yucky, wicked, unholy, dread(a), hard, unspeakable, horrific, terrible, dreaded, abominable, frightening, fearsome, fearful, loathsome, direful, stark, disgusting, spartan, knockout
hard, knockout, severeadjective
very strong or vigorous
"strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow"
arduous, wicked, grueling, tough, grievous, serious, terrible, toilsome, hard, stark, life-threatening, spartan, stern, heavy, voiceless, laborious, difficult, grave, austere, knockout, gruelling, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, dangerous, operose, backbreaking, surd, strong
austere, severe, stark, sternadjective
"a stark interior"
life-threatening, perfect(a), consummate(a), unadulterated, double-dyed(a), austere, serious, ascetic, bare, arrant(a), stark, desolate, staring(a), unrelenting, stern, grievous, sodding(a), unappeasable, grave, everlasting(a), crude(a), dangerous, wicked, complete(a), hard, gross(a), terrible, stark(a), pure(a), relentless, barren, unforgiving, blunt, grim, bleak, inexorable, exacting, thoroughgoing(a), strict, ascetical, utter(a), spartan, knockout
unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
"a parent severe to the pitch of hostility"- H.G.Wells; "a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien"; "a strict disciplinarian"; "a Spartan upbringing"
dangerous, grave, grievous, serious, severe, life-threateningadjective
causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
"a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a life-threatening disease"
sober, serious, wicked, stark, unsafe, terrible, hard, spartan, stern, heavy, unplayful, weighty, monstrous, grave, good, grievous, atrocious, sedate, flagitious, life-threatening, dangerous, knockout, austere, heartbreaking, heartrending, solemn
very bad in degree or extent
"a severe worldwide depression"; "the house suffered severe damage"
a condition which potentials to a catastrophe.
after the hurricane, the entire nation human is rather oblique.
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drastic, harsh, stern, rigorous, exact, cruel, serious, sedate, grave, austere, sober, distressing, afflictive, sharp, acute, violent, intense, inexorable, stern, exacting, peremptory, unrelenting, unmerciful, plain, austere, unembellished, unadorned, methodical, strict, precise, exact
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In San Francisco, San Francisco is San Francisco, I believe, of a majority of people that the most severe crimes be met with the most severe consequences, and that life without the possibility of parole is a severe consequence.
If this world affords true happiness, it is to be found in a home where love and confidence increase with the years, where the necessities of life come without severe strain, where luxuries enter only after their cost has been carefully considered.
Our future projections of how severe weather may change in the future are really showing two things, they kind of show an earlier start to the severe weather season -- so more severe weather in February, more severe weather in March -- and then also sort of this eastward increase.
There is no discipline in the world so severe as the discipline of experience subjected to the tests of intelligent development and direction.
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
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- hård, voldsom, stærk, strengDanish
- άτεγκτος, λιτός, αυστηρός, σφοδρόςGreek
- severo, austero, graveSpanish
- vakava, vaikea, ankara, raju, tuimaFinnish
- grave, sévèreFrench
- szigorú, súlyos, komolyHungarian
- severo, duro, grave, rigidoItalian
- 酷い, 厳しい, 渋いJapanese
- nopietns, ārkārtējs, bargsLatvian
- erge, ernstigeDutch
- poważny, srogiPolish
- rígido, grave, duro, severoPortuguese
- жёсткий, тяжёлый, суровый, строгийRussian
- dữ dộiVietnamese
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